The Sadar Police seized 800 cartons of illicit liquor, worth `20 lakh, from a truck on Sunday. The driver of the truck, which was heading towards Ajitwal in Moga, failed to produce documents for the liquor, following which the police booked him under section 61/1/14 of the Excise Act.
The driver was identified as Gurkeerat Singh of Banbori village, Dhuri in Sangrur.
The police also booked wine contractors Satnam Singh and Vinod Kumar Bansal, who are at large.
Giving details, Inspector Jatinderjit Singh, station house officer (SHO), Sadar police station, said assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Rajinder Singh, along with a police party, stopped the truck near Geeta Mandir, Tharike village. The driver told the police that wine contractor Satnam Singh sent the liquor from Jeevan Nagar, Ludhiana, and he was going to unload it at Ajitwal, Moga, at the address of another wine contractor Vinod Kumar Bansal.
The SHO added that liquor in such huge quantity could not be supplied to another district.
He said the driver produced a permit issued by the excise and taxation department about transaction of the liquor. However, it appeared to be fake. "The police have contacted the excise and taxation officers to verify the permit. If it is found fake, the police would add sections 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc.), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the FIR," the SHO added.